Police Officer (lateral-transfer) Information

This job opportunity with the Long Beach Police Department is not currently open. View the Upcoming Jobs Information page to see when Police Officer-Lateral may open. If no information is available, then there is currently no need in the City of Long Beach, Police Department for new hires at this time.


  • Full pay while training in the 40 hour/week Police Lateral training course
  • Comprehensive insurance package including; medical, dental, eye care, life, professional counseling and optional Long Term Care
  • Skill pay for various special duty assignments and bilingual proficiency
  • 4/40 work schedule with three days off and regular assigned work shifts
  • 13 paid holidays per year
  • 96 hours of vacation with pay is granted to permanent employees following one year of service
  • 12 paid sick days per year
  • Deferred Compensation program
  • Flexible spending program to set aside pre-tax funds for medical or childcare expenses
  • Longevity Pay for 10 and 15 years as sworn officer with the City of Long Beach
  • Pay incentives for AA, BA/BS and MA/MS degrees
  • Annual marksmanship pay to officers based on shooting skill level
  • Life Insurance Program
  • Variety of assignments including; K-9, SWAT, Vice, Narcotics, Juvenile, Helicopters, Boats
  • Call back and standby pay at the rate of time and one-half for various assignments
  • Uniforms and safety equipment furnished and replaced as needed
  • Annual wellness pay to officers based on various levels of fitness

Requirements to File

California Applicants: At least one continuous year of experience in the State of California as a Peace Officer, as defined by California Penal Code Section 830-832.17, within the last two years and possession of the Basic POST Certificate issued by the State of California.

Out of State Applicants: At least one continuous year of sworn general law enforcement experience within the last two years. Basic Course Waiver (BCW) from the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) is required and must be submitted by time of appointment.

Reserve Officers: Current status as a reserve officer in the State of California, possession of the POST Level 1 Certificate issued by the State of California and completion of 2000 paid or volunteer hours.

Weight must be in proportion to height, muscular development and skeletal structure; vision should be correctable to 20/20; must have normal color vision and hearing; must not have been convicted by any State or the Federal government of any crime for which punishment would have been imprisonment in a Federal or State penitentiary.

Applicant must have the ability to read, comprehend and retain technical training materials; have good observation and writing skills; have good communication skills, human relations skills, and decision-making ability; have the ability to endure periods of strenuous physical activity requiring good balance, coordination, flexibility and strength.

Desirable Qualifications: Recent college coursework in related field is desirable. Bilingual skills in English/Spanish or English/Southeast Asian languages are highly desirable.

Selection Process

  • Civil Service Application
  • Physical Ability Test
  • Oral Interview
  • Background Assessment Interview
  • Background Investigation
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Medical Examination


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For questions email the Civil Service Department.

Updated December 2, 2010